Medias End Karsiyaka’s Unbeaten Record


Ivan Ivanovic (Gaz Metan Medias)
Ivan Ivanovic was one of five players to score in double digits for Gaz Metan Medias

Gaz Metan Medias upset the odds to pull off a much-needed 77-69 win and end the unbeaten record of Pinar Karsiyaka in Group I of the EuroChallenge Last 16.

Karsiyaka may have been cruising at the top of the group but they were also reeling from an early exit from the Turkish Cup last week, and they ran into a Medias team playing with all the urgency needed to get them off the foot of the Group I standings.

Medias went to work early, and nine unanswered points powered them into a 21-9 lead on Ivan Lilov's lay-up late in the first quarter.

They continued to pull away early in the second and Rares Mandache's lay-up midway through the period gave them their largest lead of the game, 38-20.

Pride kicked in for Karsiyaka as they rallied with a 14-5 run, closing it up to 43-34 on a William Thomas dunk shortly before half-time.

They did their best to chip away in the third quarter, but got no closer than seven, with Thomas' free throws closing it to 45-38 at the 7:43 mark in the period.

Medias' response was swift, and Ivan Ivanovic dunked to follow up Lilov's three and it was 56-40.

Karsiyaka's heads looked to drop as Medias continued to edge away, but there was a sting in the tail as a 12-0 Karsiyaka run closed the gap to 74-69 with 33 seconds left.

However, Jon Diebler's jump-shot proved to be their final points of the game as Medias saw it out from the line.

Lilov led Medias with 15 points while Mandache had 14, Ivanovic 12, Zoran Krstanovic 11 and Aleksandar Mladenovic 10.

Thomas poured in 28 points while grabbing 14 rebounds for Karsiyaka, while Robert Dixon and Can Mustaf added 11 each.


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